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10 hours of your time a month= lifetime of impact for a child
Exactly What Does a CASA Volunteer Do?
CASA has been best described as the "eyes and ears" of the court and often acts as the "arms and legs" of an overworked child protective system. From helping siblings find permanent homes together, to helping a child access needed services, to uncovering information that helps reunite a loving family, volunteer advocates make an incredible difference to the lives of abused and neglected children. As a system, CASA provides significant cost savings to the tax payer by ensuring children are placed in the most appropriate home possible and as quickly as possible.
CASA volunteers are appointed by the Family Court Judge to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:
- Gather Information: Review documents and records, interview the children, family members and professionals in their lives.
- Court Reports: Provide written reports to the court in preparation for all court proceedings.
- Attend Court: Advocate for the child’s best interests “Be the Safety Net”: Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations involved in the children’s lives.
- Recommend Services: Ensure that the children are receiving appropriate services by keeping the parties involved informed of any needs currently not being addressed. Bring concerns about the child’s health, education, mental health, etc. to the court’s immediate attention.
- Monitor Case Plans and Court Orders: Assist the Court by reporting any deviation from what the court has ordered for the life of the case.
- Visit with the Child: maintain a consistent and regular visiting schedule with the child, minimum of once per month.
Who Can Be A Volunteer?
Anyone who meets the following criteria is eligible to train as a CASA volunteer. Final selection is at the discretion of the CASA program.
- Must be at least 21 years of age
- Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to prepare court reports and communicate with professionals.
- Give an 18 month commitment
- Willing to donate 10 hours of service per month
- Complete a 36 hour per-service training course
- Pass a background check including criminal, child abuse registry, sexual offender registry, and references.
- Must possess mature judgment, high degree of responsibility and sufficient time to serve the best interest of the child.
- Must be able to relate to persons of different cultures, ethnic backgrounds and socioeconomic status.
Receive personalized information about becoming a CASA volunteer from our Volunteer Coordinator by completing the form below.
Is CASA volunteering right for you?
The CASA Program is not a mentoring program. CASA volunteers conduct an independent investigation on behalf of the Family Court and advocate for the needs of the child in order to ensure their wellbeing and safety while in the system. The goal of each CASA case is to see it through until the child reaches a safe and permanent home.
CASA volunteering is a great opportunity for individuals from many walks of life particularly empty nesters, retirees, and anyone with the flexibility and availability to make a long-term commitment to improving the life of a child. All CASA volunteers agree to remain active on their assigned case until it is closed by the court: this timeframe can be anywhere from a few months to a few years.